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Dwight Smith Jr. is the odd man out

With Clay Buchholz officially signing his contract, the Blue Jays needed to make a corresponding roster move to make room for him on the 40-man roster. Dwight Smith Jr. ended up getting designated for assignment.

I won’t lie, it’s a little surprising to see Smith as the odd man out here. I’m not sure Smith has a future as an everyday player, but I would imagine his odds a little better than Dalton Pompey and Jonathan Davis, two other outfielders who remained on the 40-man instead of him. It isn’t the end of the world, as Smith, at the age of 26, is just a tweener, I just figured he was higher on the depth chart.

Smith, the 53rd overall pick from the 2011 draft, has played 47 games over the past two seasons with the Jays at the Major League level. In those games, he slashed an impressive.262/.347/.477 line. That said, while his numbers in the big leagues have been solid, his numbers in Triple-A, well, weren’t. 2018 was his second go-around with the Bisons, and he slashed a.268/.258/.413 line. Those numbers aren’t particularly inspiring for a corner outfielder who doesn’t bring much value with his glove.

As I alluded to above, this again shifts the focus back to Pompey, somebody we all assumed was toast back in September who continues to survive roster decisions. Pompey made the 40-man prior to the Rule 5 draft and he was kept around over Smith, so the organization must have some kind of plan for him. He doesn’t have options, so the Jays are either thinking about giving him a legit shot with the team this year, or they’re confident they can make a trade before the season.

  • Ballboy

    The Jays will have to make more decisions like this. Like you Cam, I am surprised that DSJ was the first to go. But who is next, when Norris is added to the 40 man. And then Axford. And then Vladdy. The Jays need to make a few trades both to make room for these additions and to realize some value from guys they’ve had on the 40 who are no longer needed.

  • HNZ

    Who cares about AAA numbers tho if he does better in the MLB even at a small sample size. Stro sucked in Buffalo but was called up anyways and did well *shrugs* not saying AAA don’t matter but ultimately how you do in the Show counts more.